Conference 2015

We've got a lot to talk about...

As the human rights landscape becomes ever more challenging, Australia's only annual human rights conference grows ever more relevant. 

The Annual Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Conference

Date:  Friday 24 July 2015
Time:  9.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: Deakin Edge, Federation Square
Corner of Swanston and Flinders Street, Melbourne

Join over 300 other attendees to listen to:

Registration       8.30 am - 8.55 am                           

Welcome           8.55 am - 9.05 am

Session 1:          9.05 am - 11.00 am

Bret Walker SC, former Independent National Security Legislation Monitor
'Australia's terrorism laws'

Peter Greste, Journalist,
'Journalism and the War on Terror'

Professor Sarah Joseph, Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law
Operation Sovereign Borders, Offshore Detention and the Drownings Argument'

Morning tea       11.00 am - 11.30 am

Session 2:         11:30 am - 12.50 pm

Fiona McCormack, CEO, Domestic Violence Victoria
Capturing the Flag: challenges and opportunities in turning the tide on men's violence against women

Paula Gerber, Deputy Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law
Through the Looking Glass: Using the Convention on the Rights of the Child to Inform the Regulation of Surrogacy'

Lunch              12.50 pm - 1.50 pm

Session 3:        1.50 pm to 3.20 pm

Adela Navarro Bello, General Director of Zeta Magazine, Mexico
Journalism in Mexico: surviving corruption, the drugs war and impunity'

Helen Szoke, Chief Executive of Oxfam Australia
'Human rights in an age of rapidly rising inequality'

Afternoon tea    3.20 pm - 3:40 pm                          

Session 4:        3:40pm to 5:00pm

Dennis Eggington, CEO, Aboriginal Legal Service WA
'The Proposal to Close Remote Communities in WA'

Tim Wilson, Australian Human Rights Commissioner
Human Rights and Business Rights: Friends or Foe'

Click here for Speaker information and abstracts

Registration Fees

  • Full Registration - $280 
  • NGO Registration - $150 
  • Students - $80 (limited number)

How to Register

You may register in one of the following ways:

 Register online

  • Via phone by calling 03 9905 3327.  Phone orders must be paid for by credit cards.
  • Please do NOT send credit card information via fax or email as it is not secure. 

 Conditions of registration:

 If you are unable to attend the conference, a a substitute is welcome.

  • Please let us know so we can prepare a name badge.
  • A service fee of 10% will be charged for cancellations received in writing by 17 July 2015.  No refunds will be paid after this date.


If you have any queries about the conference please tel 03 9905 3327 or email


For a copy of our sponsorship brochure, contact the Castan Centre (see above) or to discuss sponsorship options contact Marius Smith, Centre Manager, on 9905 3386 or email


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